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Oct 17, 2014

Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata air bags

DETROIT/ORLANDO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A fourth traffic death
in a Honda Motor Co car has been linked to a defective
air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp,
according to a county medical examiner in Florida.

Hien Tran died Oct. 2, four days after her red 2001 Honda
Accord sedan struck another car in Orlando and the air bags
exploded, sending shrapnel at the 51-year-old woman, according
to the Florida Highway Patrol crash report and Orange-Osceola
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia. Tran may have
survived those injuries, the medical examiner said, but she also
suffered serious injuries to her head which were not caused by
the air bag shrapnel.

Oct 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014

Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata air bags

DETROIT, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A fatal accident near Los
Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata Corp
air bag, the third death in the United States linked to
a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier,
according to local officials and the automaker.

Devin Xu, 47, died in an accident in the parking lot of a
bank in the commercial part of Alhambra in September 2013 even
though he was wearing his seat belt, and the Los Angeles County
Coroner’s Department report cited “apparent facial trauma due to
foreign object inside air bag.”

Oct 14, 2014

Sergio’s challenge: Build Jeep into FCA’s top global brand by 2018

DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Auto analysts are skeptical that Sergio Marchionne, the hyperbolic chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), can meet his most ambitious goal: to nearly double Jeep’s global sales over the next four years.

Marchionne reiterated his aggressive target for boosting Jeep’s annual volume to 1.9 million, while pacing the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday during the newly merged company’s first day of trading.

Oct 14, 2014

Analysis – Sergio’s challenge: Build Jeep into FCA’s top global brand by 2018

DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Auto analysts are sceptical that Sergio Marchionne, the hyperbolic chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research)(FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research), can meet his most ambitious goal: to nearly double Jeep’s global sales over the next four years.

Marchionne reiterated his aggressive target for boosting Jeep’s annual volume to 1.9 million, while pacing the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday during the newly merged company’s first day of trading.

Oct 13, 2014

Ford to add 850 jobs at Dearborn factories for new F-150 truck

By Ben Klayman

DEARBORN Mich. (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will add 850 hourly jobs at its Dearborn, Michigan, facilities to support the launch of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 pickup truck.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the new jobs are divided among three facilities: more than 500 jobs for the truck assembly plant, nearly 300 for the stamping factory and more than 50 at the diversified operations.

Oct 9, 2014
Oct 9, 2014

Exclusive: Cadillac’s new boss maps out product blitz by 2020

DETROIT/PARIS (Reuters) – Cadillac’s new boss plans a blitz of new products by 2020, from a pure battery-electric car to an ultra-luxury sedan, that he hopes will help resurrect General Motors’ (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) struggling premium brand and make it a global powerhouse.

Johan de Nysschen, a former Audi and Infiniti executive who joined GM in August, shared with Reuters some key elements of his plan to revive Cadillac, in an interview last week at the Paris auto show.

Oct 3, 2014

GM recalls more than half a million cars, SUVs

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co said on Friday it was recalling 524,384 cars and sport utility vehicles globally in two actions dealing with potential latch problems and loose parts and would stop sales of two new truck models with potential air bag defects.

The latest recalls, which involve Cadillac and Saab SUVs and Chevrolet Spark small cars, bring the number by the No. 1 U.S. automaker to 71 this year, affecting almost 30 million vehicles. The highest profile is the recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 23 deaths.

Oct 2, 2014
    • About Ben

      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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